When adding embroidery elements to your garment, you can expect to see a professional and sleek outcome that reflects your personal or business brand. Embroidered garments give the opportunity to showcase your organization and members with style. In order for this to be possible, decorator companies use three distinct specialty embroidery stitches to create the beautiful custom embroidered garments you see. Each stitch creates a different embroidered look on the fabric.
There’s a wide variety of apparel fabrics available for decoration. Screen print, embroidery, and direct to garment are all common types of decoration for promotional and retail garments. This article covers the basics without getting into the nuances of eco-friendly and sustainable apparel options.
Selecting a screen printing service company can be a difficult task, but making sure you do your homework can ensure you will work with a quality printer when preparing for your next project. Partnering with a good screen printing service offers a number of benefits, many of which will benefit practically any business. Read on to learn about five top benefits that established screen printing service companies have to offer.
The process of screen-printing shirts has really come a long way. Instead of just choosing a central image for your shirt, you can use a variety of images or patterns when using an all-over printing design. There are many possibilities available to you with when printing your next all-over t-shirt, but there are some things to keep in mind when you’re designing and ordering your shirt.
One of the very first steps in the decorating apparel industry is purchasing the goods that need to be screen printed or embroidered on. Decorating companies are more than willing to order the goods for their customers, but there are times when customers will supply the garments themselves. This is certainly not a problem and 100% acceptable. However, if the customer does provide their decorator with the blank pieces, there are a few things that they should know and take into consideration. Here are three Things Your Decorator Needs Before Sending Your Order to Production:
Plastisol ink is a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based system that essentially contains no solvent at all. Along with UV ink used in graphic screen printing, it is referred to as a 100% solid ink system. Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink in that it is necessary to heat the printed ink film to a temperature high enough to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cross-link and thereby solidify, or cure. The temperature at which most plastisol for textile printing cures at is in the range of 149 °C to 166 °C (300 °F to 330°F).
Plastisol is the ink of choice for printing of finished goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags.
Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.
Did you know embroidery thread is sewn in different types of stitches to re-create your customer's logo or design on a garment? It’s true! These stitch types are called out by the digitizer when creating a stitch composition for your image. Each stitch type has a unique look and is best for specific design elements. Here are the top three:
Water-based inks are defined as those that utilize water as the main solvent. That does not mean, however that water is the only solvent. It is significant to note that many water base inks contain “co-solvents” which may even be petroleum based solvents. The reason these co-solvents are used varies, but one of the key reasons is to decrease the time and heat necessary to cure the ink film on the fabric.
Water-based ink is the ink of choice for the printing of yard goods; either in piece form or on the roll.
Unless you have been on a screen printing shop tour or had the opportunity to print t-shirts firsthand, you may not know just how an idea actually becomes a screen printed t-shirt. In fact, even if you have been on a shop tour, without experiencing the process from start to finish with the same design, the steps may be a little unclear. In this blog, we’ll go over each step in detail and wrap it all up with a short video so you can see the process in action.
It’s pretty magical when a t-shirt design and specialty ink fall into perfect alignment. With all of the specialty printing we do around here, this occurrence is a lot less common than you might think. In a perfect world, the design allows the specialty ink to exemplify it’s capability while the technical aspects are executed effortlessly, like making a box of mac-n-chesse. When we reach this utopia, we step back, take a deep breath and nod our heads in silent confirmation. Yes. It’s perfect.